After venturing into uni by yourself and nailing it, you start to think of your next challenge. Studying abroad is a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone, while meeting new people, travelling and having lots of fun.
But where should you go? The world is a big and beautiful place with lots to explore, but here are a nine cities that you should definitely consider before making your choice.
1. Prague, Czech Republic
Einstein taught in a school here and Mozart once called it his home, so who knows if studying abroad in Prague won’t bring out the genius in you? Besides the brilliant academic legacy, the city is famous for its culture and for its cheaper-than-water beer, so your time off campus will be just as good.
2. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Learn to tango, enjoy some Argentinian steaks and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant nightlife that reportedly only starts after 4am. Buenos Aires has been called the Paris of South America – enjoy the European charms with a latin twist.
3. Suva, Fiji
It’s the ultimate #holidayinspo so why wouldn’t you want to spend a semester or two in paradise? Just think of the ridiculous replies you’d give your friends over Skype when they ask what you’re up to on the weekend. ‘Oh just doing some island hopping, you?’ English is one of the three official languages spoken so you won’t have to worry about the language barrier.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
It’s one of the most inexpensive capitals in Europe, which means you won’t have to worry about a tight budget. The legendary Bairro Alto is filled with little bars where students dip in and out until sunrise. You’ll be welcomed by locals who are used to living in a city in which academic traditions are well entrenched.
5. Perth, Australia
It’s Australia’s sunniest state capital, and you’ll never be more than 30min away from an ocean sunset – talk about end of the day #goals. The city itself is laid-back, but without losing out in the big-city attractions so you have the best of both worlds.
6. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is known for its breathtaking outdoor vistas, but its university could well become part of the list of places to visit. It’s located at the foot of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak, and you get panoramic views of the city – we doubt there’s a better study break view.
7. Hanoi, Vietnam
Great if you’re an adventurous foodie – toast your arrival with some freshly drained cobra-blood wine, a local specialty. But interesting food isn’t the only eye-catching factor about the Vietnamese capital. The city is considered a hub of quality education in Asia, housing several top universities.
8. Madrid, Spain
The Spanish capital is Barcelona’s less international and more traditional brother. Here you can get a taste of true Spanish living, with a huge variety of bars, clubs, museums, restaurants and cafes to keep you busy. But don’t think it’ll be quieter. Hemingway once said: “Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night.”
9. San Francisco, US
Close to Silicon Valley and with two great universities in the area – Standford University and University of California – San Francisco can be the perfect blend between study and fun. Some of the world’s most innovative companies like Apple and Google are just around the corner, and you can fill out internship applications while enjoying the laid-back beach life and bohemianism.